USL Rewind: Roughnecks forced to forfeit game

In the standings as of Saturday, Tulsa was 2-0-0 after beating Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, 1-0.

But on Monday, the team was informed that it had used an ineligible player, Paris Gee, while beating Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, 4-1, in its season opener March 25 and would have to forfeit the match. Thus the game is officially recorded as a 3-0 victory for Colorado Springs.

Gee, 22, is a native of British Columbia who signed with the Roughnecks in March after playing two seasons for a Croatian club. The USL league office informed the Roughnecks that Gee, who entered the match as a 74th-minute substitute, had not been cleared to participate in the season opener.

Tulsa head coach David Vaudreuil said Gee was one of several players on the roster who were in the process of getting cleared or had been cleared leading up to the match.

“I never would have played him if there was a thought he was ineligible,” Vaudreuil told the Tulsa World.

Gee did not play Saturday in the Roughnecks’ victory. Joey Calistri scored in the 31st minute for the only goal in a game that featured a combined 34 shots.

USL 2017:
Scoreboard | Standings
SAINT LOUIS WINS IN PREKI HOME DEBUT. Despite squandering a two-goal lead, Saint Louis FC scored in the final minutes to beat Ottawa Fury, 3-2, in front of a sellout crowd (5,566) at Toyota Stadium.

Ottawa’s Sergio Manesio knocked the ball into his own net to decide the match and give head coach Preki a victory in his first home game with SLFC, which roared out to a 2-0 lead after nine minutes. Christian Volesky opened the scoring and then assisted on a goal by Mats Bjurman, but Eddie Edward got a goal back in the 11th minute and Onua Obasi shot through a crowd of players to equalize with seven minutes left.

Saint Louis prevailed when a shot by Max Alvarez wound up in the net off Manesio. Volesky, who played his college soccer at nearby SIU-Edwardsville, played a role in that goal, too, driving forward on the dribble before playing the ball wide to Alvarez.

RHINOS ROLL IN START TO ROAD RUN. Opening a season with three road games presents a challenge to any team, but Rochester got down to business and beat Bethlehem Steel, 3-2, thanks to a goal by Jochen Graf in his professional debut.

The Rhinos need to be rescued by Graf after squandering a 2-0 lead.  Darius Madison scored an early goal and Wal Fall added a second from the penalty spot, but Bethlehem battled back by converting a pair of their own penalty kicks. Former U.S. forward Charlie Davies – who played for Westchester Flames of the PDL in 2006 and was making his USL debut -- connected on the first PK and Seku Conneh followed suit to tie the game.

Graf made his entry as a sub pay off by heading in a Jalen Brown looping cross that two Bethlehem players failed to clear.
OCHOA ON THE MARK AGAIN. Sacramento Republic FC pummeled Orange County SC, 4-0, in front of a rowdy, sellout crowd of 11,569 fans at Papa Murphy’s Park (formerly Bonney Field). Sammy Ochoa, who had netted in the season opener, scored twice to take the early lead in the USL scoring race with three goals.

Wilson Kneeshaw earned an assist on Ochoa’s second goal with a  strong shot that was saved, and Kneeshaw scored the third goal with a sharp half-volley of Tyler Blackwood’s cross. Harry Williams rounded out the rout by scoring in stoppage time.
2 comments about "USL Rewind: Roughnecks forced to forfeit game".
  1. Andrew Brown, April 4, 2017 at 2:19 p.m.

    Wow - Charlie Davies playing USL minutes. Are the Union just trying to get him PT?

  2. Nick Daverese, April 5, 2017 at 2:05 p.m.

    You manage you have to become an export in the rules of the league.

    How many days later did they find out? Is their a paper where arbitration findings are print for the league.

    If the league even thought he might have know and still played him on purpose the manager would most likely been fired. If the missed it and he played three more game then they found out they would have lost all 4 games. The goal scored for the win is no longer counted as a goal scored either right?

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